Brewed by Bavik-De Brabandere
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Harelbeke, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 1197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Dark ruby red – red as wine. The style is also called the Burgundy of Flanders, and is a very typical and common beer in West Flanders
Created by a secret blend of the aged and sour ‘mother beer’ with fresh brewed sweeter beer, this beer produces a sour-sweet balance, set off by the underlying bitterness of the hops. A discovery! The best in its style! Light in alcohol, exciting complex flavors and tastes come to the forefront.
Although serving cold is recommended, taking time to drink it will release more aromas towards the end of your glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Medium reddish brown, hazy. Thin halo of foam leaves slight lace that slumps back into the beer. Fruity nose- cranberry, cherry, fig- plus burnt wood, maple, and talcum powder. Some cellar mustiness asserts itself after a few minutes. Flavor is tart and fruity, blueberries and blackberries, pumpkin pie spice, caramel, and hints of dark breadcrust and black jellybeans. There’s something else... toasted sesame seeds is the closest I can describe it. Although not watery, the mouthfeel is light, and faintly tannic. Pleasant tart aftertaste is a combination of lemon peel, grapeskin, and nectarine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1518) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Very dark beer, some reddish exposure under light. Aromas are crisp and malty, an odd combination. Lots of clove/coriander spice with some underlying sourness. Flavors are sour cherry, charcoal, some lemony citrus. Dry, medium-bodied mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6322) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2005 Bottle (250ml) - in a Petrus glass. Poured dark ruby-amber, lively and cloudy, with a good creamy-rocky light mocha head. Familiar sour nose, slightly sour wine, apple jack, spices, apple jack, nice tart malt, earthiness and a hint of kerosene. Flavour ... well, I worked hard to find anything other than minerals and metal - after warming a while, I got sour fruit, some toffee-ish malt, wine or malt vinegar. I was underwhelmed and remember being quite shocked by the sourness when I first had it in 2004 - in July 2005, I was left with a metallic, salty mouthfeel. I will put this on my re-rate list, I liked it a lot better before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2005
Basic reddish-brown bubbly tan headed beer with moderately obvious wooded cherry aromas combining with balsamic and some mustiness. Flavour doesn’t carry forth and is not nearly complex enough for my liking - there is a bit of soft sour cherry but overall it feels a little uninspired.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Petrus Oud Bruin. 21 July 2005. Bottle. Yum - as usual. Pours a beautiful rich brown, with a slight ruby tinge when held to the light. Gorgeous fluffy head that eventually disappears, but is beautiful while it lasts. Smells tangy, as it should: vinegar and grapes (think a lighter red wine). And yes, it is sour. Tart cherries, a little citrus rind and some vinegar all combine nicely to give this a proper Flemish profile. I think what I like best about this is the aftertaste, which drifts toward an abbey double - maltier, sweeter and candier than a Flemish Sour. I think I could drink several of these... Thanks, Gel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Clear but dark burgundy body topped by a small lasting light tan head. The aroma is fruity, vinegray, and lightly oaky. The flavor is fruity first and sour/vinegary second. Cherry comes forth late and peaks as the beer cascades down to my gullet. Spritzt attenuated body. Crisp and refreshing. Decent, pretty straight-forward without any of the complexities of the Rodenbachs but still a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2005
my first of this style. pours out a dark brown color, as you can see from the picture to the left. i didnt really know what to expect from this beer as once again, its the first of the style for me, and also because their tripel is lacking in many ways in comparison to st bernardus. all that aside, this is a pretty good beer. surprisingly refreshing and very easy to drink. there is a hint of sourness in it, which made it all the better. cherry and fruity tasting. a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 17, 2005
nice redbrown clear beer with a small head. sour cherrie- like aroma. taste: sweet sourrish, wood notes, fruity, malty. finish leaves to be desired, a pity. mf is thin/medium and a bit fizzy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonMoore (2024) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2005
Dark reddish brown with slim beige head. Sour aroma. Mild sour cherry taste, with lots of fruit and underlying malts. Moderate carbonation, thin to medium mouthfeel. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2005
Very dark, deep red with a short-lived pale beige head. Cherry, cobwebs and sawdust in the nose. The sourness is tempered by the aging, obviously, making it a very mild drink. After trying Rodenbach, this is a little dull on the palate, but still enjoyable.

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